SES: Southern: Event preview

Hills Bros. All Pro Series returns to Southern National Speedway after four year absence. KENLY, N. C. (August 31 2002) - The last time the Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring ran an event at Southern National Speedway, race fans saw a...

Hills Bros. All Pro Series returns to Southern National Speedway after four year absence.

KENLY, N. C. (August 31 2002) - The last time the Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring ran an event at Southern National Speedway, race fans saw a finish that had them on their feet screaming for one of their favorites.

The Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring will return to Southern National Speedway for the first time since 1998 for the Hills Bros. 150 an event 50 laps shorter then other previous races.

When they return this year there is the possibility an exciting finish will occur again with the parity that exists on the series. Eight different drivers have been to victory lane in the first 10 races with only Jeff Fultz and Toby Porter being two-time winners.

Fultz has raced at Southern National Speedway one time, with this series, and did not leave a happy camper. A blown engine in the 1998 event relegated him to a 29th place finish.

Toby Porter has also competed one time with the series at his speedplant, winning the 1996 event.

"It is time to think about winning the Championship," said Fultz from his workplace with the Jasper Engines and Transmissions team in Charlotte. "We have been so close on two different occasions since 1997 and this year we are on top with three races to go."

"I would like nothing better than to give the C & C Boiler/Cleaver Brooks team led by Jim & Jon Craig their first NASCAR title. They gave me a chance when nobody else did and they were behind my ARCA victory at Charlotte and have been behind me with my NASCAR Winston Cup attempt and my NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division starts."

"The guys at Jasper have been behind all my racing endeavors and their support was very vital to our ARCA win at Charlotte. I think working in their shop and working on bodies has given me great insight into the superspeedway races we ran on the Hills Bros. All Pro Series this year. We have been very successful and would certainly like to have a better finish this time around at Southern National then we did in our one other appearance."

Other current series drivers who have competed at Southern National Speedway include David Reutimann, second in the national points standing, 2000 Hills Bros. All Pro Series Champion Billy Bigley, Jr., who enters this event fourth in the series points standing, 1999 - 2001 Hills Bros. All Pro Series National Champion Wayne Anderson, Randy Gentry, Kevin Prince and Steven Howard.

Series points have turned in favor of Fultz in the last two races and he will carry at 101 point lead over Reutimann into this event. Charlie Bradberry, who held the points lead for five consecutive races had trouble at both Kentucky Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway and has dropped to third in the standings.

The series rookie-of-the-year battle has narrowed to Jason Hogan of Cleveland, Ga. and Joe Aramendia of San Antonio, Tx. Hogan has been the highest finishing rookie contender five times while Aramendia has been at the top four times. Other rookie contenders are Jarod Robie and Dusty Williams, tied for third and trailing Hogan by 18 points with Johnny Brazier a distant fifth.

The qualifying mark for these cars was set by Anderson in 1996 at 14.672 secs (98.146 mph). Since the series has never run a 150-lap event here, the race winner will establish a new race record. David Reutimann with three Bud Pole starts in 2002 would like nothing more then to earn another pole start and clinch the $3,500 annual Bud Pole Award.

Action gets underway for the Hills Bros. All Pro Series teams when they check in at the track at 10:00 am on September 14. A two hour practice session will be from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm with qualifying at 6:00 pm. The All Pro 150 should take the green flat at 8:00 pm.

-nascar-

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Billy Bigley , David Reutimann , Jeff Fultz , Joe Aramendia , Wayne Anderson
Teams Williams